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Mother and child killed in shack fire

Police were investing a case of murder after a mother and her daughter burnt to death in Philippi in...

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Police were investing a case of murder after a mother and her daughter burnt to death in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on">Philippi in the Western Cape on Wednesday.

The women were sleeping when their shack was allegedly set alight but two other people who were in the shack managed to escape unhurt.

The police’s Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi said, “According to the owner of the house, she was sleeping and then she smelt petrol inside the house. Thereafter she heard the sound of the fire and then she ran away with the other son and the other two they were a 24-year-old mother and four-year-old were unable to escape so they were burnt beyond recognition."